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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 25 
ProducerFrançois Raveneau (web)
VineyardMontée de Tonnerre
AppellationChablis 1er Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2020 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 70 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by drwine2001 on 7/18/2015: Great Whites in the Steamy Pacific Northwest; 7/17/2015-7/18/2015 (Seattle): Medium yellow. Rich orange scents. Full, layered feel with strong vanillin. Fresh and quite lush with average acidity. Only at the very end do more Chablisien salty notes come through and not very convicingly at that. If you billed it as a Corton Charlemagne, I'd be happy, but as a Chablis, much less so. (465 views)
 Tasted by cardsandwine on 4/22/2015: What a beautiful wine that has added depth and complexity to a pure and beautifully balanced palate. It just kept evolving in the glass with each sip and finished with length and elegance. To really appreciate this wine, do not put it in an ice bucket, as it really blossoms as it warms up a bit. (876 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 3/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Raveneau's Montée de Tonnerre is young but already drinking very well, with a lovely bouquet of candied lemons, lanolin, honeysuckle and wet stones. On the palate, the wine is deep, pure, and beautifully textural, with zesty acidity and lovely intensity. (919 views)
 Tasted by llink on 3/25/2015 flawed bottle: 10 Vintages of Raveneau MdT 02 thru 12 (minus the 06), poured at a VVW sit down tasting.
My last place wine. This wine showed some corkiness, there was a good wine underneath the TCA but unfortunately not a great showing. (913 views)
 Tasted by drjb on 1/30/2015 & rated 93 points: Pale colour with a tinge of gold. Nose just alluring with pear, grapefruit and apple. Touches of lemon, straw and boiled sweets. Palate just a little round for classic Chablis but a beautiful mineral finish with great length. Beautiful Chablis with some maturity really adding to the finish. (1099 views)
 Tasted by sehill on 12/31/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted and poured, this bottle gave a similar showing to previous encounter with this wine. Again, this bottle gives a very good to excellent showing without providing a more compelling impression. This wine is probably at or around it peak. The wine shows no signs of fading but does not leave the impression that it will give a more persuasive showing in the future. (1205 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 11/7/2014 & rated 90 points: Raveneau Dinner (Les Nomades Chicago): Waxy with a interesting mint note. (1529 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 9/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Raveneau Dinner (Young and Mid-Aged Wines) (Les Nomades - Chicago IL): Tasted blind in flight of younger Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre (2002-2005). Very rich an dripe with lots of power, hasn't yet developed the nuance i always find in mid-aged or mature Thunder Mountain. Slightly less minerality or lemon character than i normally find in Chablis, but I'm confident this emerge as a classic Raveneau in another 5-10+ years. (2049 views)
 Tasted by llink on 9/7/2014 & rated 93 points: Oyster shell and spice on the nose, comes across as more white burgundy than Chablis. There is some oak on the nose and a really seductive aroma. Medium weight feel, heavier than the 04, but with a lovely tension between the rich lemony flavors and the pronounced acid that lingers on the long finish. Group voted 1st out of 5 Raveneau MdT's served single blind during a PWTG tasting. (1058 views)
 Tasted by AJ72 on 8/16/2014 & rated 88 points: From magnum. Good but not great. Very pleasant but I don't think this showed the really dynamic potential that this vineyard and producer are capable of. A sound bottle too. Seemed a bit dilute and lacked zip. Warm vintage? Maybe a lack of acid? Certainly rounder, without richness and a bit short. Not a classic Raveneau. (1590 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 8/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Dinner at Trelio (Clovis Ca.): Started pretty coiled….took some time to open, but did nicely! Classic subtle Rav….waxy yellow fruits with crisp green apple and creamy pear….bees wax, spearmint, clean sea breeze, lemon and crushed oyster shell…..again, all subtle but plenty in there! Tasty! (1623 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 7/4/2014: Seemingly off or a bit corked. Not judged. (1675 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 5/25/2014 & rated 92 points: This wine is easing up now, less tight and unfriendly, more Chablis elements. Jury is out if it will become a Chablis as one expects from Raveneau or not. (1730 views)
 Tasted by Audun G on 4/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Typical Raveneau: The nose is dominated by butter malt aromas from the old oak barrels. And then aromas of citrus. More like a traditional Meursault (-or a top white Rioja?) than a Chablis. In the mouth, however, the tart Chablis style is evident. Great acidity and top concentration. I believe this would have been an even greater Chablis with less dominant oak, at least for me.. (1610 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/5/2014: Yellow. Waxy hazelnut scents. Broad and rich, clay base. Mouth coating and fresh but really lacking in acidity and minerality. Some faint saline tones struggle to be heard toward the finish. This could be Meursault, which is not what I'm seeking in Chablis. (1600 views)
 Tasted by dzitt on 2/17/2014 & rated 90 points: Dégustation Raveneau (8 millésimes de Montée de Tonnerre et 3 de Chapelot):
Il y a ici beaucoup plus de maturité et ce côté exotique qui ne changera pas (ai même gardé le vin plus de 30 min après la fin de cette vague…). Gras en bouche, saveurs de melon, de miel chaud, d’anis, de céréales (blé, l’orge a été mentionné), caramel. Plus Meursault que Chablis. 4e dans cette vague. (MDT 04, 05 et 06 + Chapelot 05). (1541 views)
 Tasted by danstrings on 2/12/2014 & rated 90 points: Interesting Raveneau, more chardonnayish than usual, with a hit of a funk -- but still that lovely pear, oyster shell, lanolin and candied lemon. (1438 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 12/26/2013 & rated 91 points: This is in no way classic Chablis but it is softening and is a fine bottle of wine, if not what I look for in a great Raveneau Chablis. (1798 views)
 Tasted by FreddieMoose on 12/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Light golden color. Quite reserved on both the nose and palate at first. Within an hour, the wine became much more expressive - beautiful nose of minerals, spices and citrus. Apple, wet stones with a honey element on the palate. Great balance so plenty of life ahead. An excellent pairing with the crab cakes and certainly a great addition to Christmas Eve dinner. (1349 views)
 Tasted by danstrings on 8/18/2013 & rated 95 points: Wow, showing lots better 4+ years later, almost no darkening coloration at all. Reticent at first, started super cold. But as it warmed an elegant swirl of white flowers, spearmint and crushed stone. More unctuous "chardonnayish" flavors than usual in Raveneaus, but not in a bad way. Lovely. (2033 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 7/21/2013 & rated 91 points: Euro-Themed Lunch - Burgundy (Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, CA): Light yellow color. Generous nutty nose (B++/A-). Not too strong nutty palate. Some acidity. Long finish. (B++). (1787 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 7/21/2013 & rated 94 points: Light medium yellow color; appealing, lemon, ripe grapefruit, mineral, almond nose; tangy, tart lemon, almond, mineral, saline palate; medium-plus finish (640 views)
 Tasted by Dsen on 5/28/2013 & rated 94 points: Great structure, good balance (2035 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 5/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Fra magnum. Klar lett gyllen gul. Flott, mineralsk og lett søtlig nese med lime, sitronskall, samt toner av tangerin, honning og mildt vaniljesukker. Nese mot sentralburgund. Bløt, glatt, åpen og fruktig med mild sødme. Relativt høy, men balansert fruktmodning. Saftig og presis syre. Nydelig lengde med klassisk mineralitet og lette smørtoner. Drikker flott nå.
92/93 P (1974 views)
 Tasted by llink on 4/23/2013: Lemon, sea brine and a bit of beeswax on the nose. The palate is very full and sports a generosity that I don't normally associate with youngish Raveneau wines. Showing lemon honey and a lovely spicy finish that really draws your attention and keeps my interest. I get the Cote de Beaune descriptors but to me this still shows a ton of Chablis character without the mouth searing intensity and acid that one would normally get. Warm ripe year Raveneau has a place in my cellar. (2324 views)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/3/2010)
(Dom François Raveneau, Montée de Tonnerre Premier Cru Chablis White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2007, Issue #28
(Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2006, Issue #6, The 2005 Burgundy Vintage : Great Reds and Pleasant Whites
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2006, IWC Issue #129
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2006, Issue #24
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/21/2013)
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light medium yellow color; appealing, lemon, ripe grapefruit, mineral, almond nose; tangy, tart lemon, almond, mineral, saline palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/31/2010)
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light lemon yellow color; nice tart lemon, mineral, lemon poppyseed cake nose with a touch of botrytis; tasty, tight, tart lemon, mineral palate with a sense of salinity; medium finish  92 points
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François Raveneau

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Montée de Tonnerre

From www.winophilia.com (IWC)

Burgundy lovers enjoy debating the merits of vineyards almost as much as they savor the wines themselves. A favorite topic of conversation? Premier cru vineyards that in the right hands produce wines at grand cru quality.
For white wines on the Côte de Beaune, the premier cru Meursault Perrières is widely considered to be of grand cru quality. In Chablis, there’s one long-established premier cru vineyard that consistently towers above the rest: Montée de Tonnerre.
If this vineyard does not quite reach the level of the region’s grand crus in depth and sheer palate presence, it often does in aromatic complexity and class. In a perfect classification system, it would be ranked between premier and grand cru. Why should you care? In a word: value. Because Chablis usually is significantly cheaper than white Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune in the first place, the best examples of Montée de Tonnerre can offer remarkable quality/price rapport. If Chablis is the insider’s white Burgundy, then Montée de Tonnerre is the insider’s Chablis premier cru.

A look at the map quickly explains why. Montée de Tonnerre is situated just to the southeast of the unbroken strip of Chablis grand crus on the right bank of the river Serein (it’s separated from Les Blanchots only by a narrow ravine). It enjoys a similar geographic profile, rich in the same Kimmeridgian limestoney chalk that makes the grand crus some of the world’s most cerebral, complex and distinctive examples of chardonnay. With its brisk citrus character, floral lift and incisive minerality, Montée de Tonnerre is wonderfully aromatic and penetrating in its youth, typically coming into greater harmony and putting on weight with five to ten years of bottle age.
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Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Chablis (Fédération de Défense de l'Appellation Chablis) | Chablis (Burgundy Wines)

Jon Rimmerman: "2014 is a return to the titillating terroir punch that is only delivered in the 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that dot the slopes and hillsides of Chablis. The 2014 wines in most of Chablis are so reflective and elegantly mineral-drenched that its hard not to glug them straight away (Beaujolais had a mostly similar result in 2014 after 2012/2013 examples that were largely disappointing).

In Chablis, 2014 is the finest vintage since 2010 and it is somewhat of a hybrid of 2004/2007 and 2010. The stone, citrus and limestone amalgam is exactly what we search for in Chablis as the style harkens to a day in the Cote de Beaune proper (1960's - 1980's) when wine was not meant to be consumed the week it was released, battonage was not used by all and new oak was rarely seen.

As more and more in Burgundy are trying to curtail the thickness in their wines (from heavy new wood/malo/stirring) in favor of more transparent and lithe structures (with equal levels of fascinating material and intrigue), it can be said that the material itself must stand the test of time, not the textural impression left by the winemaker. That does not mean all texture is lost - quite the opposite - but the texture is natural and 'of the vintage' not 'of the winemaker'."

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